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Scripture Themes for the Church Year

FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT.

The Coming of the Lord to Ilis Church.
The new day calls for a new life. Rom. 13. 11-14.
Christ's entry into Jerusalem. Mt. 21. 1-9.
Preparing the King's highway. Ps. 24.
The King of Truth. Jn. 18. 36, 37.
Raising aloft the banner of God. Is. 62. 10-12.
Jesus in the synagogue of Nazareth. Lk. 4. 16-22.

The purging fires of persecution. 1 Pet. 4. 12-19.
The unavoidable conflict. Mt. 10. 32-39.
The soldier of Christ endures hardship. 2 Tim. 2.

3-9.
The baptism of fire. Lk. 12. 49-53.

SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT.

Waiting for the Day of the Lord.
The patient endurance of hope. Rom. 15. 4-13.
Signs of the coming of the Lord Lk. 21. 25-36.
Perseverance in hope. Heb. 10. 35-39.
Servants looking for their Lord. Lk. 12. 35-40.
Awaiting the coming of the Lord. Jas. 5. 7-10.
The coming of the kingdom., Lk. 17. 20-30.

SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS.

The Childhood of Jesus.
Christ makes us children of God. Gal. 4. 1-7.
The consolation of Israel. Lk. 2. 33-40.
The Lord gives strength to the weary. Is. 40, 26-31.
The little flock. Lk, 12. 32.
God is our refuge. Ps. 62. 5–8.
The protecting hand of God. Mt. 2. 13-23.

THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT.

The Forerunner of the Lord.
Appeal to the judgment of God. 1 Cor. 4. 1-5.
John's message to Jesus. Mt. 11. 2-10.
The Light of the prophetic word. 2 Pet. 1, 19-21.
The testimony of Jesus to John Mt. 11. 11-19.
Salvation foretold by the prophets. 1 Pet. 1. 7-13.
John preaches repentance. Lk. 3. 1-14.

NEW YEAR'S DAY,

The Childhood of Jesus.
The grace of God new every morning. Lam. 3. 22-26.
Baptism reveals the goodness of God. Tit. 3. 4-7.
The name of Jesus. Lk. 2. 21.
Jehovah our keeper. Ps. 121. 1-8.
Prayer in the name of Jesus. Jn. 14. 13.
We shall all give account for the day of grace. Rev.

2. 1-5.
Intercession for the barren fig tree. Lk. 13. 6-9.

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT.

The Lord is at lland.
The presence of the Lord gives joy. Phil. 4. 4-7.
The testimony of John. Jn. 1. 19-28.
The power and mercy of the coming Lord. Is. 40.

9-11.
The friend of the Bridegroom. Jn, 3. 22-36.
The coming Lord a righteous Saviour. Is. 51. 3-5.
The Father bears witness of the Son, Jn. 5. 31-39

SUNDAY AFTER NEW YEAR.

Holy Baptism.
Baptism consecrates to a new life. Rom. 6. 3-11.
The goodness of God revealed in Holy Baptism. Tit.

3. 4-7.
The baptism of Jesus. Mt. 3. 13-17.
Baptism means communion with Christ. Col. 2. 9-15.
John's testimony on the baptism of Jesus.

Jn. 1.
29-34.
The baptism of the Ethiopian Acts 8. 26–39.
Jesus baptizes in the Holy Spirit and in fire. Mt.
3. 11, 12

EPIPHANY.

The Dawn of a New Day.
The glory of the Lord rises upon Zion. Is. 60. 1-6.
The Wise-men. Mt. 2. 1-12.
The glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor.

4. 3-6.
Jesus the Light of the world. Jn. 8. 12.
The nations shall come to Zion. Is. 2. 2-5.
Jesus the desire of all nations, Mt. 12. 15-21.

CHRISTMAS DAY.

The Nativity.
The Prince of Peace. Is. 9. 2-7.
The birth of Jesus. Lk. 2. 1-20.
Christ the image of God. Heb. 1. 1-3.
The Word became flesh. Jn. 1, 1-14.
God gives life to the world. Tit. 2. 11-14.
Immanuel. Mt. 1. 18-24.

SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS.

The Martyrs.
The first martyr bears witness to Christ. Acts 6. 8

-15; 7. 54-60.
God's judgment upon persecutors. Mt. 23. 34-89.

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.

Jesus As Disciple and Teacher.
The spiritual service of the Christian. Rom. 12. 1-5.
Jesus in the temple at the age of twelve. Lk. 2.

42-52.

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FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.

The Power of Jesus to Keep His Own.
Love is the bond of union. Col. 3. 12-17.
The wheat and the tares. Mt. 13. 24-30.
Unity in the Church of Christ. 1 Cor. 1. 9-18.
Jesus teaches tolerance. Mk. 9. 38–41.
Union with Christ gives stability. Eph. 4. 14-16.
The seed growing secretly. Mk. 4. 26–29.

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.
(Same as Twenty-sixth after Trinity.)

THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT.

The Parting.
The children of light walk in the light. Epb. 5. 1-9.
Jesus reveals the power of evil, Lk. 11. 14-28.
Jesus with His disciples in Gethsemane. Mt. 26.

36-46.
God delivers out of distress. Ps. 116. 1-9.
The Jews question the authority of Jesus. Jn. 7.

19-31.
Parting words of warning and instruction. Lk. 22.

31-38.
The joy of sharing the sufferings of Christ. Col. 1.

24-29.
The power and authority of Jesus. Lk. 4. 31-37.
Jesus on the last stage of His journey. Jn, 13, 31

-38.

SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY.

By Grace Alone.
The incorruptible crown of victory. 1 Cor. 9. 24-27.
The laborers in the vineyard. Mt. 20. 1-16.
The humility of God's fellow-workers. 1 Cor. 3. 7

-23.
The reward of following Christ. Mt. 19. 27-30.
Loss for Christ's sake is gain, Phil. 3. 7-14.
Service without thought of reward. Lk. 17. 7-10.

SEXAGESIMA SUNDAY.

FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT.
Bread for the Hungry. -- Jesus 18 Arrested and Tried.
The two covenants. Gal. 4. 22-31.
The Christian a servant of righteousness, Rom. 6.

19-23.
Jesus feeds the five thousand men. Jn. 6. 1-15.
Jesus on trial before the council. Mt. 26. 59-66.

The Word of God.
Servants of the Word must expect hardship and dan-

ger. 2 Cor. 11. 19-31.

God quenches the soul's thirst. Ps. 42. 1-11.
The bread of life. Jn. 6. 24-36.
Jesus meets the traitor. Mk. 14. 43-50.
Steadfastness in trials. Jer. 20. 7-11.
The true food of the soul. Jn. 6. 52-66.
Peter's depial. Jn. 18. 15–27.

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EASTER.

The Lord Liveth.
Faith in the risen Lord overcometh the world. 1

Jn. 5. 4-10.
Jesus and Thomas. Jn. 20. 19-31.
Peter preaching the risen Christ. Acts 3. 12-20.
The risen Saviour at the sea of Tiberias. Jn. 21.

1-14.
Paul preaching the risen Christ. Acts 13, 32-41.
"Lovest thou me ?" Jn. 21. 15-23.

FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT.
Hatred Increasing. - Jesus Condemned to Death.
The death of Christ cleansing the conscience. Heb.

9. 11-15,
The hatred of the Jews against Jesus. Jn. 8. 46-50.
Barabbas or Jesus. Mt. 27. 15-26.
The distressed soul crying unto God. Ps. 69. 6-16.
Caiaphas urges the death of Jesus. Jn. 11. 47-57.
Christ before Pilate and Herod. Lk. 23. 1-12.
God comforting the suffering soul. 2 Cor. 1. 3-7.
Jesus exposes the plot of the Jews. Jn. 8. 31-45.
Jesus crowned with thorns. Jn. 19. 1-11.

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER.

The Shepherd and the Sheep.
In the footsteps of Christ. 1 Pet. 2. 21-25.
The Good Shepherd. Jn. 10. 11-16.
The Great Shepherd of the sheep. Heb. 13. 20, 21.
Sheep without a Shepherd. Mt. 9. 36-38.
The Lord is my Shepherd. Ps. 23. 1-6.
True Shepherd and true sheep. Jn. 10. 1-10.

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER.

PALM SUNDAY.

The Last Farewell.
The self-humiliation and exaltation of Christ. Phil.

2. 5-11.
The departure of Jesus from Bethany. Jn. 12. 1-16.
Jesus the bread of life. Jn. 6. 32-35.
The Lord's Supper. 1 Cor. 11. 23-29.
The new covenant. Heb. 8. 8-12.
The first communion, Lk. 22. 14-22.

Ilomeward Bound.
The Christian a stranger and a pilgrim, 1 Pet. 2.

11-20.
The tribulation of the Christian is brief. Jn. 16.

16-22.
Tribulation leads to glory. 2 Cor. 4. 16-18.
Jesus prays for eternal life for His followers. Jn.

17. 1-8.
The incorruptible inheritance in heaven. 1 Pet. 1.

3-8.
The way to the Father's house. Jn. 14. 1-12.

GOOD FRIDAY.

The Crucifixion.
The suffering servant of Jehovah. Is. 62. 13-53. 12.
Christ's self-humiliation and exaltation. Phil. 2. 5

-11.
Christ on the cross. Lk. 23. 32-43.

EASTER DAY.

The Resurrection of Christ,
Preparing for the Passover, 1 Cor. 5. 7, 8.
God hath given the victory.

1 Cor. 15. 53-58.
The Resurrection. Mk, 16. 1-8.
Christ the earnest of our resurrection. 1 Cor. 15.

12-21.
The first meeting with the risen Saviour. Jn. 20.

10-18.
The Resurrection of Christ revealing the power of

God. Eph. 1. 15-23.
The message of the Resurrection. Mt. 28. 1-8.

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER.

The Blessing of Christ's Absence.
Good and perfect gifts from above. Jas. 1. 17-21.
Growth in the truth. Jn. 16. 6-15.
Following Jesus means separation from the world.

Heb. 13. 12-16.
Jesus praying for His disciples in the world. Jn.

17. 9-17.
God is greater than our heart. 1 Jn. 3. 18-24.
The intercourse of the friends of Jesus. Jn 15, 10
-17.
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER.

Prayer.
Ilearers and doers of the Word. Jas. 1. 22-27.
Prayer in the name of Jesus. Jn. 16. 23-33.
The unchangeable priesthood of Christ. Heb. 7. 23

-27.
Jesus praying for the unity of His disciples. Jn. 17.

18-23.
The Lord blessing His people. Num. 8. 22–27.
Jesus teaching His disciples to pray. Lk. 11. 1-13.

EASTER MONDAY.

The Witnesses of the Resurrection.
The risen Christ proclaimed to the Gentiles. Acts

10. 34-43.
The disciples in Emmaus. Lk. 24. 13-35.
The believer a new creature, 2 Cor. 5. 14-21.
The disciples at the tomb. Jn. 20. 1-10.
The Resurrection of Christ begets a living hope. 1

Pet. 1. 18-23.
The guard at the tomb. Mt. 28. 9-15.

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Jesus praying for the perfecting of His followers.

Jn. 17. 24-26.
Nothing can separate us from Christ. Rom. 8. 34-39.
Jesus blessing His disciples and ascending into heaven.

Lk. 24. 49-53.

The wise put to shame. 1 Cor. 1. 26-31.
The cost of discipleship. Lk. 14. 25-35.
The disappointed love of God. Hos. 11. 1-7.
Complete surrender to Jesus. Lk. 9. 51-62.

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER.

Waiting for the Promise of the Father.
The time of expectation to be filled with labor, 1

Pet. 4. 7-11.
Jesus promising the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jn. 15.

26–16. 4.
Seeking the things that are above. Col. 3. 1-10.
The spirit of courage and confidence. Mt. 10. 24–31.
The Holy Spirit helping our infirmity. Rom. 8. 26

--28.
The spirit of this world. Jn. 15. 18-25.

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.

The Prevenient Grace of God.
God calls and perfects. 1 Pet. 5. 6-11.
The lost sheep and the lost coin. Lk. 15. 1-10.
Righteousness a free gift of grace. Rom. 4. 1-8.
The prodigal son. Lk. 15. 11-32.
Salvation a gift of God. Eph. 2. 1-10.
Jesus eating with publicans and sinners. Mt. 9. 9
-13.

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.

The Judgment of Men and of God.
Creation longing for deliverance. Rom. 8. 18-23.
The mote and the beam. Lk. 6. 36-42.
The just judgment of God. Rom. 2. 1-13.
The woman taken in adultery. Jn. 8. 1-11.
Lenience in judgment. Rom. 14. 1-18.
Exhortation to repentance. Lk. 13. 1-5.

WHITSUNDAY.

(Pentecost.)

The Gift of the Holy Spirit,
The Spirit poured forth upon the disciples. Acts 2.

1-18.
The guidance of the Holy Spirit. Jn. 14. 23-31.
The Holy Spirit makes us fellow-citizens with the

saints. Eph. 2. 17-22.
The living water of the Spirit. Jn. 7. 37–39.
The increase of the Church. Acts 2, 37-47.
The promise of another comforter. Jn. 14. 15-21.

FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.

Discipleship.
The Christian is called to inherit a blessing. 1 Pet.

3. 8-15.
The draught of fishes. Lk. 5. 1-11.
The call of Abraham. Gen. 12. 1-4,
The first disciples. Jn. 1. 35–51.
Paul's call to the apostleship. Acts 26. 1-29.
The confession of the disciples. Mt. 16. 13-20.

WHITMONDAY.

The Progress of the Spirit.
The Spirit shed abroad upon the Gentiles, Acts 10.

42-48.
The giving of the only begotten Son. Jn. 3. 16-21.
The Church as the body of Christ. 1 Cor. 12. 12-30.
The Father draws men to the Son. Jn. 6. 44-47.
The first church of Gentile Christians. Acts 11. 19-26.
Increased responsibility. Jn. 12. 44-50.

TRINITY SUNDAY.

The Spirit and the New Life.
The glory of God. Rom. 11. 33-36.
Jesus and Nicodemus. Jn. 3. 1-15.
The children of God. 1 Jn. 3. 1-9.
The vine and the branches, Jn. 15. 1-9.
Christ the head of the Church. Col. 1. 9-23.
All nations to be made disciples of Christ. Mt. 28.
18-20.
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.

Priceless Values.
Perfect love casteth out fear. 1 Jn. 4. 16-21.
The rich man and Lazarus. Lk. 16. 19-31.
Our life is not our own. Jas. 4. 13-16.
The rich fool, Lk. 12. 13-21.
The fear of God is better than wealth. 1 Tim. 6.

0-19.
The value of a human soul. Mt. 16. 24-27.

SIXTII SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.

The Law of God.
Crucified with Christ. Rom, 6. 3-11.
The higher righteousness required by Christ. Mt. 5.

20-26.
God's judgment of the oppressor. Is. 5. 8-16.
The majesty of the law. Mt. 5. 17-19.
Faith apart from works is dead. Jas. 2. 8-17.
The law of love and the law of retaliation. Mt, 5.
38-42.
THE TRANSFIGURATION OF CHRIST.

On the Mount of Transfiguration,
Christ's glory and honor, 2 Pet. 1. 16-18.
The transfiguration of Christ. Mt. 17, 1-8.
The revelations given to Paul. 2 Cor. 12. 2-9.
The glory of the Son of Man. Jn. 13. 31, 32.
John's vision on Patmos. Rev. 1. 9–18.
The descent from the Mount of Transfiguration.
17. 9-13.
EIGHTII SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.

Error.
The Spirit's testimony of our adoption. Rom. 8.

12-17.
False prophets. Mt. 7. 15-21.
The folly of apostasy. Gal. 3. 1-4.
The two ways. Mt. 7. 13, 14.
Proving the Spirit. 1 Jn. 4. 1-6.
The house on the rock. Mt. 7. 98–29.

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